(LE MARS)–An passport fee hike brought requests for passports in Plymouth County before the increase.
Recorder Jolynn Goodchild notified the public through the media that the Department of State was raising fees July 13th. There were 13 requests for passports just prior to the rate change.
The Recorder’s office collected more than 147-thousand dollars in the quarter that ended June 30th. The county kept 51-thousand or about one-third of the income with the rest forwarded to the state.
Goodchild says the office recorded 1,545 documents between April and June.
More than 500 copies of birth, death and marriage records provided for certified record requests. There were 60 marriage licenses.
Boat registrations brought paperwork for 1, 115 boats through the Recorder’s office.
Highway closing in Le Mars continues to July 26th
(LE MARS)–A closing of Highway Three in Le Mars is expected to be in place for one week.
The Iowa Department of Transportation today reported the completion date for a detour related to work by the Union Pacific Railroad. The crossing is being replaced on Plymouth Street/Highway Three.
Traffic is detoured onto First Street and the closure is set to be in place until Monday night, July 26th.
Jurors do not report July 20
(LE MARS)–Plymouth County Jurors do not need to report Tuesday, July 20, 2010. Jurors are asked to call the Clerk of Court’s office on Monday, July 26th after 3 p-m to find out whether to report on Tuesday, July 27
Meth making charge filed in Sac County
(SAC CITY)–A rural Early woman faces drug charges after a search by the Sac County Sheriff’s Office in late February.
Officers were investigating claims of meth making. During the search of a rural Early residence, materials Sac County Sheriff Ken McClure describes as being consistent with a clandestine lab were seized.
McClure says a report recently received from the Division of Criminal Investigation Lab shows the substances were in the third stage of the manufacturing process.
Fifty-one-year-old Shirley Eileen Schmitt of Early was charged with manufacturing meth and possession of marijuana. McClure’s information released today states more arrests are expected in the near future.
Collision Friday injures one driver
ORANGE CITY)–An Alvord woman was injured in a two-vehicle accident five miles south of Rock Valley Friday afternoon.
The Sioux County Sheriff’s office reports 49-year-old Brian McGee of Dell Rapids was driving east on County road B-30. He was stopped at the stop sign for K-30.
According to the sheriff’s office investigation, McGee failed to see a car being driven north on K-30 by Elsie Thievoldt of Alvord and struck her car as he drove into the intersection.
Thievoldt was taken to a hospital in Rock Valley by Rock Valley Ambulance to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.
One dies in crash near Norfolk
NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) Authorities say a 27-year-old Tilden man died after he was ejected from a vehicle during a rollover accident on a county road south of Norfolk.
The Nebraska State Patrol says Jesse Breikreutz was pronounced dead at the scene on Sunday evening.
The vehicle driver, 32-year-old Jonathan Carr, of Omaha, and another passenger, 27-year-old Holly Mann, of Scribner, were taken to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa, for treatment.
The patrol says Carr lost control of his sport utility vehicle around 6:15 p.m. Sunday. It ran into a roadside ditch and rolled. Only Mann was wearing a seat restraint.
The patrol suspects alcohol use contributed to the accident.
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Storms topple shelter at Iowa State
AMES, Iowa (AP) A powerful band of storms blew over a shelter at Iowa State University, fatally injuring one horse and leaving several others hurt.
Faculty members say the shelter was damaged during Sunday’s storm, which also toppled a 45-foot tree nearby.
School officials say a mare injured by the shelter had to be put down.
But Iowa State faculty members pulled a trapped yearling out of the fallen shelter. The yearling was able to stand and walk away after the rescue.
Officials say several other horses also required attention, mostly for minor cuts and scrapes.
Yellowstone identifies angler who died in park
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) Yellowstone National Park officials have identified the man who died while fishing in the park this week as 65-year-old Frank Jaszcz of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Jaszcz was a professor at Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids and retired this year.
Park officials say he lost his footing in the Yellowstone River on Thursday, and the current carried him six miles downstream. A rescue team recovered his body from a riverbank.
The National Park Service has said the victim had underlying health issues. Park officials did not release a cause of death. His death was under investigation. IOWA-FAIR FOOD
5 foods on a stick to debut at Iowa State Fair
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa State Fair’s first official treat and five new foods on a stick will make their debut this year.
Proceeds from the new “Fair Squares” will benefit charity. The squares are four ounces of crispy rice cereal and marshmallow in plain or peanut butter flavor.
The kid-friendly “Octodog” will also be served for the first time this year. The Octodog is a cooked hot dog that splits apart and is served on a straw.
Twinkie logs, which are frozen Twinkies dipped in white chocolate and rolled in cashews, will make their debut as well.
Other new frozen concoctions include tiramisu, turtle mouse and strawberry-cream flavored bars.
The fair will be held from August 12-22 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.
Supporters stage walk for military couples
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A group of central Iowans staged a walk in Des Moines to raise awareness of the challenges faced by military couples.
The Walk for Military Marriage was held Saturday at Gray’s Lake. Supporters raised money to help couples who will see one spouse deployed while the other stays home.
Money raised by the event will benefit the nonprofit “America’s Family Coaches,” which provides free marriage counseling and other resources to military couples.
Man dies near Balltown after trailer hits car
BALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) Authorities say a 55-year-old Ames man has died in eastern Iowa after a trailer apparently detached from a truck and hit his car.
The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Department says Mark Kerper was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, were he died of his injuries.
The crash happened Saturday afternoon, about a mile south of Balltown.
A trailer driven by a 73-year-old Sherrill man separated from his northbound truck and hit Kerper’s southbound car.
A passenger in Kerper’s car and the truck driver were not injured.
The accident remains under investigation.
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